Research firm reveals U.S. foreign policies could keep overseas visitors away

SEATTLE -- Global Market Insite (GMI), a market research firm that counts Microsoft, Amazon.com and Proctor & Gamble among its clients, released results of a global poll showing that concern over U.S. foreign policy and fear of terrorism have caused a number of overseas consumers to shun U.S. tourism products.

A sample of 8,000 consumers from the G8 countries -- Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, Russia, the U.K. and the U.S. -- indicated that 55% of Japanese, 36% of Germans and 32% of French are less likely to visit America for business or tourism because of its global war on terrorism and unilateral foreign policies, according to GMI.

Fifty-five percent of international consumers indicated increasingly negative perceptions of the U.S. while another 67% said American foreign policies are guided by self interests and empire building.

According to the survey, 57% of Japanese, 44% of Chinese and 38% of British said they would avoid flying an American-owned and -operated airline on an international trip. Of those, 92% of Japanese, 88% of Chinese and 87% of British cited their fear of terrorism targeting the U.S. as the reason for avoiding American carriers.

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